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Surviving a Knife Attack

with master instructors

James Kentoshi Norris
Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

Scott Akitoshi Bragg

Bryan Toutoshi Griffin

June 12th, 3-5pm EST on Zoom

No upcoming events at the moment

Knife Defense like you've never seen

A knife attack is not a contest. It's not the time for flashy or technically complex maneuvers.

A knife attack is about survival.  


The ninja of Japan were masters of survival. Their unconventional way of life fostered unorthodox ways of thinking, opening the doors to new ways one could achieve success in the face of extreme adversity.

This creativity is evident in their combat methods, and thanks to the diligent efforts of An-shu Stephen K. Hayes, these methods live on in the 21st century through the art of To-Shin Do.

This online workshop brings several of To-Shin Do's top instructors directly to you.


With over 100 years of combined study, Masters Norris, Bragg, Merritt, and Griffin have dedicated their lives to the study and instruction of contemporary self-defense.  This workshop is sure to deliver valuable life saving principles for surviving a knife attack, giving you more options to get home safely.  



"The inclusion of a weapon or weapons in a fight does not change the quality of the ninja's taijutsu body dynamics principles. A fight is a fight, whether the action is predominantly grappling, knife slashing, or bullet trading. Terms like stick fighting, fist fighting, and sword fighting are in a way misleading to the student, as they tend to draw too much attention to the weapon and thereby limit the fighter's options. Kicks seem more appropriate in a clash where both combatants hold knives, if we do not refer to the confrontation as a knife fight."

-Stephen K. Hayes

Workshop Details

Saturday, June 12th, 3-5pm EST on Zoom

The Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants

Each instructor will present for 30 minutes, for a total of 2 hours of instruction.

The class recording will be uploaded and a link will be provided to all registered participants, allowing you to review the content of the class as many times as you desire.  

Can't attend live?  That's ok.  You will still receive the recording if you are unable to attend the live session.

Live instruction from world-class To-Shin Do teachers has never been more accessible.

Now is the best time to get the training you seek!


This workshop will also be available in-person at the four host schools.  If you are in the Cincinnati, Chapel Hill, Orlando, or Raleigh areas, contact those schools directly about attending in-person for this workshop. 

Rates may vary for in-person attendance, and capacity restrictions may apply.  Contact your local dojo for details.

Video recording of the workshop will still be made available to in-person attendees.

To-Shin Do

Knife Defense Workshop

Live online (Zoom) training. Forever-access to class recording. 

Live session will occur 3-5pm EST

Saturday, June 12

Reserve your seat for $47 

No upcoming events at the moment

James Kentoshi Norris

8th degree To-Shin Do black belt

"James Kentoshi Norris is one of my all-time top trusted master instructors. If you want to learn authentic ninja martial arts, James is absolutely top-of-the-list in his instructional skills.”

An-shu Stephen K. Hayes

James Norris has studied martial arts for over 35 years. He moved to Ohio to study under martial arts legend Stephen K. Hayes, after years of searching for a martial art that had everything a martial art was supposed to have: realistic self-protection skills, rich history, and a clear path toward self-development.

He spent so much time at the To-Shin Do headquarters (Hombu Dojo) that it wasn’t long before James Norris was teaching there, eventually running the Hombu for several years, and becoming one of the highest ranked To-Shin Do practioners in the world.

James and his wife Johanna run the Cincinnati Quest Center in Cincinatti, Ohio.



7th degree To-Shin Do black belt

Mr. Bragg is a 7th Degree, Master Practitioner, and is one of the senior-most students under the guidance of the highest ranked To-Shin Do Senior Master in the world, 9th Degree Black Belt, Mark Sentoshi Russo.

He has been training since the age of 16, commuting back and forth from Orlando, FL to Tampa, FL and traveling the country seeking out the secrets of To-Shin Do Martial training for over 30 years.

Mr. Bragg runs the Orlando To-Shin Do Club in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Bragg's approach to sharing his Martial Arts experiences comes from his career as a professional entertainer: Include everyone, have fun, be honest with yourself and energize the experience! 


Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt

7th degree To-Shin Do black belt

Hardee Hakutoshi Merritt, owner of Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina began his To-Shin Do training in 1998. 


Mr. Merritt has a talent for teaching students of all ages that is unparalleled. His incredible ability to equip and inspire students can neither be taught nor adequately described, and his engaging teaching style is equal parts informative, exciting, thought-provoking, and fun.


Mr. Merritt is a nanadan (seventh degree black belt) in To-Shin Do, a brown belt in RDA Jiu-Jitsu, a TRX, Max Kettlebells and Animal Flow certified instructor, and an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.

Learn more about Mr. Merritt by following his page The Ninja Everyday



6th degree To-Shin Do black belt

Bryan Toutoshi Griffin began training in To-Shin Do with An-shu Stephen and Rumiko Hayes at the Dayton Quest Center in 1998, and currently holds the rank of rokudan, 6th degree black belt.

In 2007 he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served as a Scout Sniper, with combat deployements to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Following his time in the military, he earned a degree in business administration while teaching as the Chief Instructor at the Chapel Hill Quest Center.

In 2017 Mr. Griffin opened the Raleigh Quest Center, where he continues to share the valuable self-defense and self-development training of To-Shin Do with all who seek to unleash their potential!

Where does this practice come from?

Founded by Black Belt Hall of Fame member, Stephen K. Hayes, To-Shin Do delivers Japan's oldest martial art, with today's best teaching methods. 

The To-Shin Do martial art is focused entirely on realistic and effective self-defense. In the 1970’s Stephen K. Hayes became the first American to ever study the authentic and legendary Ninja martial arts with the 34th generation Ninja Grandmaster. After decades of studying and teaching the historical methods and techniques An-shu Hayes began to adapt this historic approach to be more applicable in the modern day. The result became the unique and unparalleled martial art and personal development programs which he formalized in 1997.


He gave this powerful and holistic approach the title To-Shin Do, the way of the heart and the sword. Symbolically the sword represents the tools of power, which are technique, strategy and skill, the heart represents the wisdom to use these tools of power responsibly. 

Much more than a “fighting style”, this training extends into all aspects of life, helping you develop a more positive and self-assured outlook. To-Shin Do techniques are based on an ancient and well-tested system of warrior disciplines, handed down by nine historical Japanese family lineages. At the same time, our training program is built around a very modern approach to successfully handle the type of threats and confrontations that are a part of our own contemporary culture. From your very first lesson, you will learn methods that you can use right away, regardless of your physical condition or any prior martial arts experience.


To-Shin Do

Knife Defense Workshop

Live online (Zoom) training. Forever-access to class recording. 

Live session will occur 3-5pm EST

Saturday, June 12

Reserve your seat for $47 

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